Presentation Title. Interpersonal Communication and the GLBT Community OSU Multicultural Center Brian Gibson, GAA – Workshops and Trainings Bowen Marshall, GAA – Bias Assessment and Response Team Elizabeth Warren, Coordinator of Special Projects
Presentation Title Interpersonal Communication and the GLBT Community OSU Multicultural Center Brian Gibson, GAA – Workshops and Trainings Bowen Marshall, GAA – Bias Assessment and Response Team Elizabeth Warren, Coordinator of Special Projects COMM 320 – Interpersonal Communication; November 23, 2009
Presentation Title Some you may know: Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Some you may not: Intersex Queer Questioning Asexual Two-spirit Ally What is GLBT(IQQATSA)
Presentation Title Building relationships involves sharing and reciprocation This includes many dimensions of one’s self Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity that is part of the sharing process Formative Relationships
Presentation Title Average age to coming-out 90’s: 18 00’s: 14-15 Alters relationships with friends and family Creates effects of delayed identity development Formative Relationships
Presentation Title What makes GLBT dating similar to or different than what you’ve learned? Matching Attraction Bonding Public Rituals Commitment Dating and Intimacy Building
Presentation Title Escalation in relationships Pluses and minuses Relationship readiness and sexual readiness For gender identity - fear of hurt or being “found-out” High rate of homicide/suicide Relationship Termination In earlier life stages, complicated by issues of climate and identity development Dating and Intimacy Building
Presentation Title “There’s always a top and there’s always a bottom” Assumption: sexual intimacy roles must be a certain way “It’s ok if they hit each other… they’re men!” Assumption: domestic violence and aggression is acceptable towards men but not women3 “Which one is the man, and which one is the woman?” Assumption: conformity to relationship roles These are some of the effects of heterosexism Myths of GLBT Relationships
Presentation Title Assumption that same-sex partners act the same way heterosexual partners act Cultural, societal, and legal norms that promote heterosexual relationships over same-sex relationships Heterosexism
Presentation Title Sample Exercise for Considering Heterosexism Questions to consider when thinking about one’s sexuality and gender expression
Presentation Title At what age did you decide you were heterosexual? Is your sexual orientation a choice?
Presentation Title Heterosexuals are often witnessed holding hands, hugging or kissing in public. Why do heterosexuals seem to “flaunt” their sexuality? How has society enabled or disabled the formation of your relationships?
Presentation Title With all of the options for employment, why do all straight men go into jobs like construction and straight women become teachers? How did you form the way you express your gender outwardly to the world? Did anything restrict you from making different choices?
Presentation Title Why do heterosexuals all tend to hang out together and have such obvious symbols as wedding rings to announce their sexuality? How free are people to express their connectedness to other people?
Presentation Title Heterosexuals are often witnessed holding hands, hugging or kissing in public. Why do heterosexuals seem to “flaunt” their sexuality? How do GLBT people publically show relationship escalation and commitment to others if they are not socially allowed to show affection?
Presentation Title Who we are (our identity) and the process of becoming who we are (identity development) have profound impacts on how we communicate and how we express ourselves to others. GLBT relationships have unique elements and challenges that intermix with the identity development process. Things to consider
Presentation Title Making assumptions about a person’s identity based on what we have seen in the media or what we have heard is a dangerous practice. We all have a sexual orientation and a gender expression. We should all reflect on how those are developed and how other’s develop their own over time. Things to consider
Presentation Title One Last Thing: BART The Bias Assessment and Response Team http://studentlife.osu.edu/bias
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